Short-term effects of a social media-based intervention on the physical and mental health of remotely working young software professionals: A randomised controlled trial

Prabhu, Muniswamy and Chandrasekaran, Baskaran (2022) Short-term effects of a social media-based intervention on the physical and mental health of remotely working young software professionals: A randomised controlled trial. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 14 (2). pp. 537-554. ISSN 1758-0846

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Abstract

The present study aimed to explore the short term effects of a social media-based intervention on the physical and mental health of the software professionals working remotely during the pandemic. Sixty software professionals with poor physical and mental health were randomised to Facebook-based intervention (FIIT) and a control (CONT) group for 2 months.Forty-six remote workers (26.25 ± 3.49 years)completed the study (FIIT = 22; CONT = 26). All the respondents had the median sitting time (7.07 ± 2.30 h/day) during office hours on workdays. We found a significant difference in the sitting time during office hours in workday within the subjects (F1,46 = 4.66; p < .004; ηp 2 = .048) and between the subjects (F1,46 = 3.81; p < .004; ηp 2 = .040). Post hoc analysis revealed participants in the FIIT group reduced their sitting time by 58 min during office hours during a typical workday compared with the control group. Nevertheless, we found a significant difference in the scores of stress, anxiety and depression within and between the groups. Short-term social media-based physical and mental health intervention may improve physical and mental health scores in the desk-based office workers working remotely

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Covid-19; E-health intervention; Facebook; Prolonged sitting; sedentary behaviour; Working from home
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2022 03:52
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2022 03:52
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/159026

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